Pleurothallis hemirhoda – 365 days of orchids – day 1397

We have featured more that 30 Pleurothallis species on 365 days and many have tiny flowers – but not this one!

The flowers of Pleurothallis hemirhoda are more than 5cm across and rather dwarf the leaves.  The name means half-red pleurothallis but our plant has hardly any red and its colouring is rather more reminiscent of a poached egg – but in a nice way 🙂

The plant is found in wet forest from 500-2100m and so it is at home in Cool Americas and it will be interesting to see how it develops into a specimen. A plant with many flowers our at once would be quite a sight. The plant seems to flourish in deep shade and in the dark the flower colour is ideal for attracting attention.


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